Erik The Lone Wolf Kids Book

Posted on January 15th, 2018 - Fiona

Just in the middle of the winter cold snap comes a delightful new story book for little ones to cuddle up and read at night. We love the new book Erik the Lone Wolf by Sarah Finan brought to you by our book friends Quarto Kids.


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But Wolves stay in packs

Erik the lone Wolf is a clever tale of a growing wolf cub that feels crowded out by the rules of the pack. He is tired of being told what to do, told what he isn’t allowed to do and feeling trapped by those who care about him. So one day he takes matters into his own hands and sneaks off away from the pack to “Go it alone” and find unrestricted adventure.


Pages from Erik The Lone Wolf Book

Because Family Matters

However life isn’t necessary all plain sailing – or skiing in Erik’s case! Erik soon finds he is in need of his pack and going it alone isn’t all he envisaged. This charming read is perfectly set out with just a few words per page and plenty of captivating illustrations to keep little ones enthralled. Underlying the adventure is an endearing motto of family loyalty and trust. We feel this is a perfect reassuring message for any youngster.

Need to Know

Retail price £11.99
Age range 3 – 6 years
Publisher Quarto Kids
Author Sarah Finan
Format Hardback
Book Size Approx 300mm * 244 mm
Stockists Quarto online, Amazon


Win your Copy of Erik the Lone Wolf with Quarto and Coombe Mill

If this story is one that your little one would enjoy snuggling up with this winter why not enter to win a copy here; simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

Erik the Lone Wolf


We were sent our copy of Erik the Lone Wolf for the purpose of this review. Our copy can be borrowed from the Coombe Mill book shelves for use on holiday. All thoughts and opinions on the book expressed here are my own.

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James and the Birthday Balloon

Posted on December 18th, 2017 - Fiona

Here at Coombe Mill we do love a book that is easy to follow, captures kids’ imaginations and has a good morale to it. When I heard that Nicola J. Rowley has a new book out I knew instantly it would be one we would enjoy.  Following on from her success with James and the Amazing Gift, James and the Birthday Balloon sees the lovable James out on a new adventure to make everyone around him smile.  For your chance to win this delightful book and put a smile on your child’s face read on.


James and the birthday Balloon


The Story


James is off to his best friend’s birthday party and the day is full of excitement and happiness, until the birthday girl, James’s best friend Ruby, has a fall. With a friend like James even a trip to hospital can end in the whole hospital smiling.  


Pages from James and the birthday Balloon Book


What we thought


The story is every bit as touching as I have come to expect from Nicola and beautifully illustrated. It only takes a few minutes to read cover to cover making it an excellent uplifting bedtime story.  I was especially happy to see that James’s friend Ruby lived on a farm; this will make it very popular and relevant for our holiday guests.  


As with the last book my only reservation is that for £7.99 I’d like to have seen this as a hard back and bigger to maximise the impact of the beautiful illustrations and keep the condition of the book for longer for reading over and over again. That said there are a couple of extra’s in the price we love:


A little Extra


Nicola lives in Surrey and likes to support local charities. For every copy sold a donation is made to the Evelina London Children’s Hospital which provides care and life saving treatment for children in south London and beyond.


In addition there is a QR code to scan on your mobile at the end of the book to give you a free audio book of James and the Birthday Balloon read by every child’s TV hero Dr Ranj.


Support Evelina London Children's Hospital

Win your signed copy of James and the Birthday Balloon with Coombe Mill


If you fancy a copy of this delightful book signed by the author with a personalized message inside why not enter to win. We will be picking 3 lucky winners. Simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.


James and the Birthday Balloon



We were sent our copy of the book for the purpose of this review, however all thoughts and opinions here are my own.



Ronja The Robber’s Daughter

Posted on December 11th, 2017 - Fiona

The first ever TV series of Ronja: The Robber’s daughter is just out on DVD and Blu Ray. A real Christmas must watch for all the family, this wonderful story will have everyone on the edge of their seat as the gripping adventure and heart melting friendships unfold.  You can get yourself a copy right now  from STUDIOCANAL  or if you are feeling lucky why not enter to win a copy for you and the family here with Coombe Mill.


Win Ronja the Robber's Daughter on DVD


The story line for Ronja the Robbers Daughter

Ronja is a ten-year-old girl who is born on a stormy night in a mountain fort surrounded by her parents and a loving band of robbers. Not your usual start in life but one certain to lead to adventure.

Ronja grows to be strong and capable. She discovers the forest around her is both beautiful and frightening in equal measure as well as being a place inhabited by strange creatures. She makes friends with the son of her father’s rival and this is the start of the drama of her budding friendship and family loyalties.


Shots of Ronja


Need to Know Pointers for Ronja the Robber’s Daughter

Certificate PG
Episodes 26 episodes on 4 discs
Running Time 10 hrs 51 mins
Extras Interview with Goro Miyazaki (Director)
Based on the novel by Astrid Lindgren (also wrote Pippi Longstocking)
Directed by Goro Miyazaki
Voice cast features Gillian Anderson
RSP £32.99 Blue Ray, £24.99 DVD
Available on Blu Ray and DVD
Stockists STUDIOCANAL, Amazon


Ronja available on Blu Ray and DVD


Win your copy of Ronja The Robbers Daughter on DVD with STUDIOCANAL and Coombe Mill


For your chance to win this adventure classic this Christmas just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.


Ronja the Robber’s Daughter



 I will be receiving a copy of the discs for the Coombe Mill Library for our holiday guests to enjoy in return for creating this giveaway opportunity.  


30 Second Books designed for Curious Kids

Posted on December 4th, 2017 - Fiona

Children are naturally inquisitive about the world we live in. Science, geography, maths, art and history house some amazing subject that leave kids asking why. Sometimes explaining how rainforests work, what makes the earth go round or how life was for the Vikings can be a challenge. Trust Quarto Kids to come to the rescue with a whole series of books aimed at inquisitive older kids with a thirst for knowledge on interesting topics. Kids’ 30 second books are packed with fascinating facts and bite size summaries on all the most popular topics delivered in a pacey informative style. If you have a child with a thirst for knowledge there is bound to be a book in the collection to suit. Read on to find out more and be in with chance of winning 3 books of your choice from the range.

30 second books designed for curious kids

About 30 second books

Each book is filled with a 30 second readable fast fact section on each page, complimented with mini challenges and 1 sentence summaries. The graphics and illustrations are fun and colourful and remind me of the perfect revision tool for learning for exams, but on a junior scale. As a parent you will be impressed with the content and delivery, as a child you’ll be fascinated by the explanations and easy referencing. These books really deliver on every level and would make a wonderful collection. Priced at just £7.99 each it is an affordable purchase too. I’d say they are perfect for children age 7 to 11.

30 second book series

Need to know


96 quality gloss pages per book
Illustrated throughout

Publishers Ivy Kids – part of the Quarto Group
RRP £7.99 per book
Recommended Age 8+
Stockists: Quarto Online, Waterstones, Amazon
Book Size: 180mm x 230mm (7.087in x 9.055in)


Win any 3 books from the 30 second book series from Quarto with Coombe Mill

If you fancy kick starting your child’s bite sized topic collection with any 3 books in the series why not enter to win. Simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

30 second books from Quarto


We were sent 4 books from the range for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. You can find the Coombe Mill copies in the games room bookshelves to borrow on holiday with us.

The Son of Bigfoot out now on DVD

Posted on November 27th, 2017 - Fiona

A loveable family animation to enjoy at home from Studio Canal and nWave pictures is now available on DVD and digital download. The Son of Bigfoot is set to be a family favourite this Christmas time and the good news is you can order it right now.  To celebrate, we’re giving away a copy of The Son of Bigfoot on DVD in an amazing family bundle with The House of Magic, A Turtle’s Tale & Robinson Crusoe. If you fancy finding out more about the new Bigfoot release and winning yourself this awesome bundle then read on.


win 4 fab titles including The Son of Bigfoot

A taste of what’s in store in The Son of Bigfoot

 Follow the young teenager, Adam, as he sets out to discover the mystery of his long lost Dad who turns out to be no other than Big Foot himself. The newly acquainted Father and son start making up for lost time together and Adam soon finds out his has inherited some of his father’s magical powers.  Just as well as they will both need to use all their superpowers as they are challenged by HairCo, the organisation chasing Bigfoot and unknowingly helped along by Adam. 


The Son of Big Foot


Follow Father and Son on their adventure, let yourself be swept up in the story and clever animation designed to keep the whole family on the edge of their seat.


Shots from the Son of Bigfoot Film

Need to know facts for Son of Bigfoot on DVD

Released: 20th November 2017
Distributor: StudioCanal
Animated by: nWave Pictures
Price: £5.99
Certificate: PG
Run time: 88 minutes
Available: Amazon


Win your family DVD bundle featuring The Son of Bigfoot DVD 


Win these four titles including The Son of Bigfoot


If you fancy stocking up on home entertainment classics this Christmas why not enter to win this amazing bundle for your family. Just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

4 DVD bundle from StudioCanal


I have not seen a copy of the films myself or been paid to write this post but the giveaway is provided for Coombe Mill blog readers with thanks to StudioCanal.

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